Description

When you think of a series of islands famous for their wine and sunshine, your first reaction is probably not to hike across. We're here to prove that you should. Immerse yourself in Madeira's fascinating flavors, volcanic landscapes, and rich culture and history on this six-day hiking adventure.

Hike up one of Madeira's highest peaks, discover the history of the half-timbered houses in Santana, walk through the beautiful Levada do Caldeirão Verde, enjoy the breathtaking views from the cliffs of Cabo Girao and the Skywalk

 

Day 1 Santana

Arrive at any time. Tonight, meet your CEO (Chief Experience Officer), who will accompany you throughtout the whole trip and fellow travellers at the welcome meeting, then opt to head out for dinner with the group.

Optional Activities

A-frame House Visit in Santana: Learn about the region's traditional houses and visit a beautifully preserved, typical A-framed house in Santana, located a short walk from the hotel.

 

Day 2 Santana

Hike the Larano trail along Madeira's north coast. Start near Machico and hike to the viewpoint of Boca do Risco, offering breathtaking views of the north coast. Then follow the sea to the west and take the trail back to Porto da Cruz. The hike is about 15km with a total incline of 250 meters. It's along the coast for a majority of the hike, some places with no railings that are considered dangerous, but the trail is wide enough that it's still convenient to walk.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Hike the Larano Trail From Machico (5h 30min)

Hike along the Larano trail starting near Machico along Maeira's north coast. Hike to the Boca do Risco viewpoint, with stunning views of the north coast. Then follow the trail to the west before following it back to Porto da Cruz. The hike is between 14km and 15km with a total incline of 250 meters. It's along the coast for a majority of the hike, some places with no railings that are considered dangerous, but the trail is wide enough that it's still convenient to walk. It should take around five and a half hours.

 

Day 3 Santana/Funchal

Summit one of the island's tallest peaks, the Pico do Arieiro. At an altitude of 1,818m, it's the third highest in Madeira. The hike requires some scrambling with steep ascents, but stunning views of the island above the cloud line make every step worth it.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Hike the Pico do Arieiro (6h)

Enjoy the private transport from Santana to Pico do Arieriro. Then we start the hike. Today's challenging hike up to Pico do Arieiro takes us through uneven, rocky terrain, a man-made tunnel and some steep ascents that may require scrambling over rocks. Reach the summit at 1,500m above sea level. If the conditions are right, find yourself above the clouds, looking down over Madeira.

Highest altitude: 1,859m

 

Day 4 Funchal

Hike the trail to São Lourenco Point, the easternmost peninsula of Madeira. Wander along the cliff admiring the scenery as this walk explores the long, thin peninsula. This trail is often referred to as the 'Dragon's Tail' as it takes you along a narrow stretch of rugged coastline where you will see some great rock formations. This hike is very different from the other hikes as the topography is volcanic and very little vegetation. The hike is about 8km and the pathway rolls the entire way. The trail is rocky and mostly gravel with a total incline of almost 500 meters.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

 
Hike From Funchal to São Lourenço Point  (5h 30min)

Hike from Funchal to São Lourenco Pont, the easternmost peninsula of Madeira. More great cliff scenery awaits as you walk along the long and thin peninsula. This trail is often referred to as the 'Dragon's Tail' as it takes you along a narrow stretch of rugged coastline where you will see some great rock formations.The hike is about 8km and the pathway rolls the entire way. The total incline is almost 500 meters.

 

Day 5 Funchal

For the first part of the day hike to the Cabo Girão viewpoint, one of Europe's highest and rightfully a popular destination on the island. Traverse the skywalk, a glass walkway that extends over the edge of the cliffs, looking down straight into the sea and enjoy stunning views of the southern coast. The rest of the time is yours. Opt to take a scenic jeep tour, explore the town, or take a cable car up to nearby Monte and take an exhilarating toboggan ride back down to Funchal.

Meals included: Breakfast

Cabo Girão Cliffs and Skywalk activity

Walk along the winding Cabo Girão trails and take in beautiful panoramic views of the sea. At the trail's end, find the skywalk, jutting out of the cliffs at over 580m above sea level. The hike is 6km total and takes about 5.5 hours.

Full-Day Jeep Tour Funchal (optional)

Hop in a jeep and take a full-day tour of Madeira's northwest coast.

Funchal Visit (optional)

Wander around the island's capital to get a glimpse of local life. Opt to visit the Cathedral of Funchal (Sé) and the colourful Rua da Santa Maria with over 200 painted doorways. Or opt to take a funicular up to the suburb of Monte, and see its beautiful tropical palace garden. If you're up for the thrill, take a toboggan ride back down to the city centre.

 

Day 6 Funchal

Depart at any time.

Meals included: Breakfast

 

Group Leader

This G Adventures group trip is accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting - we think it's the best of both worlds.

Included/Excluded

Breakfast (x5)
Lunch (x3)
CEO (Chief Experience Officer) thorughout whole trip
4 Hikes
5 nights of accomodation
All transport to/from included activities
Dinner
Additional optional trips
Flights

Suitable for

Couples
Individuals
Friends
Seniors
Companies & Associations
School classes
Jugendliche

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